Abbie Parkins

4 years, 4 internships

Abbie’s internships were each in a different type of accounting. “I got a feel for which type of accounting I like best and which path I would like to take for my future.”



Internships and activities

Students in the business studies department have many opportunities for hands-on experience. Through Bluffton's marketing classes, students research actual companies, develop and present marketing plans to business owners. Students also have the opportunity to get involved on campus with student organizations that offer experiential learning. 

  • Emily Griffith
  • Blake Obenour
  • Bree Youse
  • Lucas Keller


Roughly half of business students complete an internship by the time they graduate. Bluffton has partnered with the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE) to support local businesses and provide opportunities for Bluffton students. In the past two years, students have completed internships with a variety of organizations - large, small, nonprofit, for-profit, governmental or civic, - including: 

  • ADP
  • American Red Cross
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Beyond Budgeting
  • Brown, Crane and Assoc.
  • Cincinnati Financial Companies
  • Cleveland Pops Orchestra Business Office
  • Coldren-Crates Funeral Home
  • Cooper Tire
  • Davey Tree
  • Excel Industries
  • Four Pillars Executives
  • ADS
  • Hellman CPA
  • Jason Weigandt Landscape
  • Lima City Schools
  • Lima MakerFest Marketing Committee
  • Marathon
  • Mary Rutan Hospital
  • Menard's 
  • MINDful Women's Group
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • NOW Marketing Group
  • Ohio State Auditor
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Patriot Concrete
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Quicken Loans
  • Rea & Associates
  • Speedway
  • STP Appraisal Services
  • Wannemacher Total Logistics
  • Washington Area Community Investment Fund
  • Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing
  • Wright Patterson AF Base
  • YMCA

Students interested in an internship should contact Jason Swartzlander, director of internships, during their junior or senior year at Bluffton for more information.


Student activities

Many opportunities exist to get to know your classmates and professors outside of the classroom, to network and put your book-learning to work. 

    Students get hands on experience in learning about investments through the management of one of the university's endowment funds. >>>more
    BUBL's mission is to provide participants the opportunity to gain broader perspectives and insights into the business field through meetings, activities, speakers, and field trips. >>>more


Bluffton business students regularly attend the annual Mennonite Economic Development Associates conference. Last year, lessons on community, business and leadership merged to demonstrate how business can improve society. The students were also able to network with business professionals and community leaders in attendance.  >>> Fall 2017 conference